Greg Norman Describes Tiger Woods Tumble As ‘Mind-Blowing’.

Double Open Champion Greg Norman has described Tiger Woods troubles over the past two weeks as ‘mind-blowing”.

The 14-time Major winning Woods shot his worse score as a professional, a round of 82, to miss the cut in last week’s Phoenix Open and then this past week he withdrew after 12 holes of the Farmers  Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

It has meant Woods, who also shot an 80 to be last in December’s Hero World Challenge, has withdrawn from three of his last eight tournaments.

And the question now is not whether the 39-year old Woods will break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 Majors but can he win another tournament?

Greg Norman admits Tiger Woods decline over the past two PGA Tour events is 'mind-blowing

Greg Norman admits Tiger Woods decline over the past two PGA Tour events is ‘mind-blowing.  (Photo – Getty Images)

“He was a brilliant short-game player, but to fall off a cliff as quickly as it has is mind-blowing,” said Norman.

“I’ve not seen that in any other athlete.

“The only sort of person I can relate it to is Bernhard Langer. I remember playing with him one time in Europe during the early 80s and all of a sudden he was four-putting from two feet and five-putting from two feet.

“He just lost the control of his putting, he got the yips. That’s the only other person I think I could use. So is it mental? Or is it physical?

“You can see the physical side of it about where his weaknesses are and what he’s doing wrong but I think it’s more deep-seated. I think it’s deep inside his head and maybe deeper than that.”

Norman was far more positive when discussing current World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who will look to add to his haul of four majors and complete a career grand slam at The Masters in April.

“If you’re going to single out one guy who is going to step up to the plate and who might go on to win another 12 majors then it will be… it could be Rory,” Norman added.

“I shouldn’t say it will be, I’m saying it could be Rory. He has all of the credentials.

“I love watching him play golf. I’m a big fan of Rory’s and I like the way he conducts himself, I like the way he talks, I like the way he expresses himself and expresses his feelings.

“He doesn’t mind saying something silly and then coming back and redacting it in whatever way he wants to suit himself. So he’s very refreshing for the game of golf right now.”



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